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Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker visits IACMI

(L to R) Rep. Kent Calfee, UT Chancellor Jimmy Cheek, IACMI CEO Craig Blue, Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero, Gov. Bill Haslam, Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, ORNL Director Thom Mason, US Rep. Chuck Fleischman, Mark Johnson (DOE), Anderson County Mayor Terry Frank, Oak Ridge Mayor Warren Gooch, Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, and Johnny Moore, DOE Oak Ridge Site Operations.

The U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker, visited the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation Thursday as part of a two-day tour of the institutes that make up the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation.

Gov. Bill Haslam, Mark Johnson from the Department of Energy, U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischman, Rep. Kent Calfee, and mayors from Knoxville, Oak Ridge, Knox County and Anderson County were present for portions of the day’s activities.

Pritzker toured Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility during her visit with the institute, industry partners and government leaders.

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Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation in Knoxville.

US Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker.

US Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker.
Photo by Dept. of Commerce.

The visit is part of a two-day tour of the institutes make up the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation. Gov. Bill Haslam, U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero, and Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett will join Pritzker for portions of the day’s activities.

The group will tour the Department of Energy’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility and National Transportation Research Center at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is a key strategic partner of IACMI and led the proposal efforts with ORNL.

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden announced the new institute in January during a visit to East Tennessee. The White House initiative aims to strengthen the global competitiveness of America’s manufacturing sector and the workforce. The NNMI now has six institutes, and three more are being formed.
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